Madden PC and the Invasion of the Brakke

Todd and his family are making the trek from Indianapolis to the comfy confines of Columbus this weekend. Should be a good time, as long as his 2-year old sleeps through the night. I’d hate to have to send him and his mom to the car at 2AM. I’m a tough host.

This weekend also starts off the college football season as the Bucks take on Northern Illinois. This first game should be a nice test for OSU as the Huskies are a good team with a steady QB and a fantastic running back. The edge to OSU is one of size; the Husky defense in particular is mighty mite small (DE’s at around 225..) but seeing as how OSU’s defense is young and in need of a good test before going to Texas, this is the ideal opponent….as long as OSU wins. I was going to go to the game with my dad who is coming up on Saturday (it’s his birthday) but we have hit a small financial hurdle because we close on the old house (finally) at the end of September and we just got the home inspection “fix list” which has some things on it that has drained the “OSU Ticket Fund” for the time being. Yeah, I am an alum but I’m still “new blood” as far as that is concerned and we get crap seats..and I just don’t want to go to a game just to go..I want to see what the hell is going on, so we usually have to go the scalper/eBay route and OSU fans being insane — good tickets are not cheap, particularly when we are preseason #1.

Finally, my Madden PC review is online. It’s the best PC version of Madden maybe ever and, I feel, is better than the Xbox or 360 versions.

Oh, finally (2x) I’m to play my round 2 game this afternoon. I have barely touched the 360 version of NCAA in over week– this could get ugly.

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5 Responses to Madden PC and the Invasion of the Brakke

  1. Brando says:

    Bill, what are your PC specs? I like Madden for the 360, but the limits on franchise and the fatigue bug are making me consider the PC version. I have a P4 2Ghz with 512M of RAM and an ATI 9600Pro. I ran Head Coach without too much trouble, but Half-Life 2 was pretty doggy on my machine (those are the last 2 PC games I’ve played).

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  2. bill says:

    P2.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Radeon 9700 Pro (a 5 year old card) and a smokin’ new 24″ Dell widescreen monitor. 🙂 I run Madden at 1600x1200x32 w/o any trouble at all. What are the franchise limits on the 360?

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  3. Neil says:

    I also have a Dell 24″ monitor.It’s irritating that a lot of EA PC games (such as Madden 07 and the Battlefield series) don’t support widescreen resolutions such as 1920×1200. I also had to disable my second one completely to get the game to run.I didn’t think much of the game. Tried out superstar mode, was OK until I had to sit and watch the CPU until I got put into a game. As the backup fullback, this was only when the other team was kicking off. Players seemed to go at 2x speed while I was watching, but clock did not. Franchise mode isn’t fun because it doesn’t model real life well enough and therefore doesn’t reward me for making good real-life decisions. So I basically have to learn the quirks and faults of the system and play based on those. No thanks. As for the rest of the game, I’ve played it to death before. I am not the type who gets excited about playing old games with new rosters. I want novelty and interesting new things in my games, like superstar mode if it had been designed properly, or franchise mode (which creates lots of unique situations) if tuned properly.Are there any good football text sims out there? Went lookng and didn’t see anything from the last couple years.

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  4. Liquidated says:

    wow bill, lcd’s are the debil!I’ll stick to my 2x 19″ crts so I can read sportsblog while playing civ4 =)oh and bill, wow yet again? were you always this weak? roflCheers!-Liq

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  5. Brando says:

    Bill, mostly the roster editing limitations. Just much easier to fix things in franchise on the PC. The fatigue issue is the biggest thing.I might grab it this weekend.

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